Google has just announced that they're buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in an attempt to supercharge the Android platform. While the move will bring Google into the handset manufacturing business for the first time, potentially setting them up to deliver the same type of unified, integrated experience Apple is famous for, Google maintains they'll be running Motorola as a separate business. Which raises some important questions:
- How will the play out for other Android licensees like HTC and Samsung? (Microsoft making the Zune killed the PlaysForSure alliance.)
- Will all future Nexus-type devices come from Motorola going forward?
- Will all future Motorola phones run stock Android going forward? (no more Blur.)
- Is Motorola's patent portfolio strong enough to provide cover against Microsoft and Apple lawsuits?
Quotes from Larry Page and Sanjay Jha after the break.
[Google PR, Google Blog, Android Central coverage]